Michael Beasley: the ultra talented combo-forward the NBA has been waiting on since his high school days. Do you all remember the hype this guy had coming out of K-State? My gosh at one point he was considered as a possible #1 pick over Derrick Rose (how crazy would that have turned the NBA to what it is now?). The dude averaged 26 points and 12 rebounds a game in college. Everyone was all but sure this guy was going to be a dominant NBA player one day.
"Offensively, I've been a big believer in him, I just think he can score. I said it two years ago: I think one day he may lead the league in scoring. He has a Carmelo Anthony ability to score the ball. He's a match-up problem every night, He has quickness and a shot at that size. That makes him tough to guard." —Doc Rivers
Unfortunately none of that has happened for Beasley yet, and with the drafting of D-Will in the off-season, and Beasley's rookie contract expiring at the end of the season, it would seem to me the right move for the organization is to trade him. Beasley will more than likely command big bucks to retain him, as his offensive capabilities could be used by a lot of NBA teams.
According to Chris Broussard, the LA Lakers are interested in acquiring Michael Beasley. This guy has all the tools, but his maturity has been questioned in the past (his pasts dealings with marijuana as well as this outbreak at Rucker Park during the lockout). We will have the right to retain him if we sign him to a qualifying offer, but with D-Will in the wings, is there any point? An even bigger question to this is: what would we get from the Lakers? Pau has been discussed in the past, but if LA is not willing to give him to us, the Lakers really have nobody of interest that I think we could use. What do you all think of this?